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Plan for community wind turbine rejected  

Credit:  West Briton | July 11, 2013 | www.thisiscornwall.co.uk ~~

Plans to build a community wind turbine have been refused by Cornwall Council.

An area planning committee turned down the application from Green Trust Community Interest Company for a 500kW turbine on land near New Mills in Ladock on Monday.

Objectors and supporters had aired their views at a packed public meeting last week in the village hall.

Objectors hailed the refusal as a victory for local democracy and a possible end to “excessive wind turbine developments in Cornwall”.

But campaign group Low Carbon Ladock said it was exploring alternatives for renewable energy.

Josephine Geeson, of New Mills, said: “Ultimately common sense won through. It would have been as tall as Truro Cathedral.

“A lot of people from Ladock were opposed, so it is hard to see how it was supposed to be for the benefit of the community. My main gripe is how this would have had a detrimental impact on the visual aspect to the village and harmed the community.

“It could be the decision that helps set a precedent for wind turbine applications.

“It’s a victory for democracy and common sense.

“But Low Carbon Ladock … must be applauded on sticking to their guns.”

Chris Jones, chairman of Low Carbon Ladock, said: “We will continue our work of localising the Ladock energy economy and keeping the benefits from renewable energy sources here in Cornwall. I think the community energy module was not understood by the majority of members on the planning committee.”

He said the turbine would have generated about £30,000 a year, to be invested in the community and local groups.

“There are lots of other renewable plans that are getting through which only give personal gain rather than a community benefit.”

The application was refused by 13 to 2.

Source:  West Briton | July 11, 2013 | www.thisiscornwall.co.uk

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